Springer Online Journal Archives 1860-2000
Mechanical Engineering, Materials Science, Production Engineering, Mining and Metallurgy, Traffic Engineering, Precision Mechanics
Abstract We present atomic scale STM pictures of clean and oxygen containing Al(111) surfaces. Little influence of the surface oxygen on the topography of the surfaces is found. Three different oxygen species can be distinguished. One of them is associated with adsorbed oxygen and found to grow in small islands upon adsorption at 300 K. Characteristic hexagonal nuclei, created upon annealing of a dilute oxygen adlayer, represent the second one. By comparison with existing spectroscopic data these are assigned to nuclei of a surface oxide.
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